Resilient City Development Measures

Proposed Interim Zoning Ordinance

Santa Rosa is considering an Interim Zoning Ordinance to make it easier for new and extant businesses to continue activities given social distancing requirements and to extend and expand existing housing development and economic recovery initiatives. The temporary changes, if approved, are meant to reduce regulatory barriers and provide clearly defined rules for primarily small, local businesses. The proposed amendments would allow collaborative retail uses and activities, incentivize child care, expand mobile food vending opportunities, and provide temporary use permit time extensions, among others.  

On September 14, 2020, at 5 p.m., the City will host a virtual meeting to present the ordinance to garner feedback and facilitate ideas from the public.

Zoom Meeting Details

For more information or to provide comments please contact Shari Meads at or by phone at (707) 543-4665.

Background on Zoning Code Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures

On April 10, 2018, the City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures, to the Zoning Code to address housing and economic development within the City following the Tubbs and Nuns fires of October 2017.  At that meeting, Sections 20-16.010 through 20-16.050, related to temporary housing, temporary structures and accessory dwelling units, were adopted

On May 22, 2018, the City Council adopted the remaining sections of Chapter 20-16, including Sections 20-16.060 through 20-16.110, related to reduced review authority for residential, lodging and childcare facilities.

The measures were developed based on input received from the community and the City Council since the October 2017 fires.  

Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures 

Chapter 20-16 will be in place for a period of 3 years from the effective date of the ordinance, or May 11, 2021, unless otherwise amended by subsequent action of the Council.


Beginning on the evening of October 8, 2017, and continuing for days thereafter, a series of wildfire events damaged or destroyed thousands of residential and commercial structures within the City of Santa Rosa.  On October 9, 2017, the City Manager, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services, proclaimed the existence of local emergency in the City, which was ratified by the City Council on October 13, 2017.

Prior to the wildfires, the Council had identified “housing for all” as a priority due to the City’s ongoing, unmet housing needs.  

As a result of both the devastating wildfires, and the previously existing housing shortage, the Council has stated the need for immediate measures to address both housing and building of uses such as lodging and child care facilities Citywide.  

  1. Shari Meads

    City Planner